Recent data reaffirm decreased health-related quality of life (HRQL) in obese adults and children.
Health-related quality of life is markedly improved after bariatric surgery in adults.
Little health-related quality of life data are available in adolescents undergoing bariatric surgery.
Dr Tara Loux and colleagues from Alabama, USA evaluated 16 patients who underwent gastric bypass.
The team reported that 13 patients completed a general health-related quality of life measure before surgery.
|Patients lost an average of 66% excess weight over 17 months |
|Journal of Pediatric Surgery|
Of these, 9 completed the Short Form-36 again at various follow-up times, as well as a measure of weight-related quality of life.
There were 3 patients that completed postsurgical forms only.
Data were analyzed using t test and analysis of variance.
Mean age and body mass index at operation were 19 years and 54 kg/m2.
Postoperatively, patients lost an average of 66% excess weight over a mean follow-up of 17 months.
The mean preoperative Short Form-36 physical component score was 35, and the mental component score was 41.
At last follow-up, the team noted that the mean physical component score had increased to 56, and mental component score, to 55.
The team noted that adolescent Impact of Weight on Quality of Life-Lite scores after surgery did not differ from means for normal weight adults.
Dr Health-related quality of life in adolescents and young adults undergoing bariatric surgery improves dramatically in early follow-up. Long-term data are needed to definitively study this surgical therapy for obesity in adolescents.